Now is the right time to become an American Federation of Musicians member. From ragtime to rap, from the early phonograph to today's digital recordings, the AFM has been there for its members. And now there are more benefits available to AFM members than ever before, including a multi-million dollar pension fund, excellent contract protection, instrument and travelers insurance, work referral programs and access to licensed booking agents to keep you working.

As an AFM member, you are part of a membership of more than 80,000 musicians. Experience has proven that collective activity on behalf of individuals with similar interests is the most effective way to achieve a goal. The AFM can negotiate agreements and administer contracts, procure valuable benefits and achieve legislative goals. A single musician has no such power.

The AFM has a proud history of managing change rather than being victimized by it. We find strength in adversity, and when the going gets tough, we get creative - all on your behalf.

Like the industry, the AFM is also changing and evolving, and its policies and programs will move in new directions dictated by its members. As a member, you will determine these directions through your interest and involvement. Your membership card will be your key to participation in governing your union, keeping it responsive to your needs and enabling it to serve you better. To become a member now, visit



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Tim Atwood Honored for Career in Country Music

Tim Atwood, member of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), was honored with both a Proclamation from the 18th Congressional District of Illinois and the City of Peoria.

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Google Employees Protest Inequality and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

On November 1, thousands of Google employees worldwide walked off the job in a protest against the mishandling of sexual harassment allegations and discriminatory actions.

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Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations, Unions Maintain Collective Bargaining Protections for All Workers

At a moment when our awareness of sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace is greater and our tolerance for those behaviors is lower than ever, why does it sometimes seem the union is standing in the way?

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Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes

Making the transition from teen star to career musician, the Local 149 (Toronto, ON) member’s self-titled album has Mendes trying different styles and collaborating with a number of well-known artists.

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La FCM donne son appui et participe à la conférence de Folk Music Ontario

To view this article in English, click here. Du 27 au 29 septembre, la Fédération canadienne des musiciens (FCM) a participé à la conférence annuelle de Folk Music Ontario (FMO). Le rôle de la FCM auprès de FMO a varié au fil des ans, mais cette année, ses représentants ont eu le plaisir de présenter […]

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To view this article in English, click here. Rencontrer nos membres est toujours un exercice intéressant et une bonne façon de rester au fait des réalités de la scène musicale, les bonnes comme les moins bonnes. Parmi ce qui me déçoit le plus, il y a ces conversations avec des musiciens reconnus qui sont membres […]

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Se Faciliter son le passage à la frontière

par Robert Baird, président BAM! Baird Artists Management Consulting To view this article in English, click here. La traversée des frontières n’a jamais été chose facile; elle peut même être éprouvante et ardue. Toutefois, avec quelques connaissances et un peu de préparation, elle peut se passer plus simplement, plus rapidement et de façon moins stressante. […]

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